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Coltivare – Houston

My sister brought us to Coltivare for dinner — no reservation taken and long line, we waited for 45 mins on a Monday night.

Eventually when it was our turn, we were seated outdoor with the much-needed heat lamp blasting next to us, and a view of their garden full of edibles.

It was TX after all: with eggplant in full fruits, tomato plants blossoming at the end of October, I could only envy.






The menu was vibrant with small and large plates, pizza, pasta, salads and salumi.

We were so happy to see all these vegetable dishes on the menu and we went for them like mice to cheese.

Cauliflower with raisins and pine nuts, sautéed backyard greens with anchovies, and kale calamari salad.

The ingredient combinations were exciting and made my mouth watered.

The small plates came out in lightening speed as if the chef and cooks could read our minds.

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Portland Food Find – Hot Lips Pizza

My longing to visit Portland was finally fulfilled!

Although we had been to Portland many times, we had not done much touristy activities.

This time we drove along the Columbia River historic scenic drive, and it really was gorgeous.


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International District Finds – World Pizza and Mike’s Noodle

Every time I passed by World Pizza I was already full from dim sum lunch at Jade Garden.


Not this time!

Armed with my empty stomach, I was quickly drawn to the store with its fantastic pizza aroma.

Store was small, with a counter selling pizza by the slice.

There was also a seating area with tables for consuming pizzas in-house.

Upon checking out what laid under the glass counter top, I was strangely attracted to this pizza that had brilliant bright green chunks on it!


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Pizza Versus – Humble Pie and Mercato Stellina

Two newish pizza joints in our Greater Seattle area, and I had the chance to visit them just couple days apart.

Passed by Humble Pie all the time in International District – couldn’t miss it as it was where the big wood-fire stood stoically by Rainier Ave.


It had a very casual, lay back, neighborhood friendly atmosphere with picnic table seating.

They grew their own chickens on site and all the ingredients for the pizzas were as organic and as local as they could get.


That day, DH had the pull pork pizza and I the mushroom and egg.

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Tutta Bella and Sunrise Donuts

It was probably 10 years ago when I first heard about Tutta Bella from a co-worker of mine.

Since I was not crazy over pizza in general, I had not been back since.

Tutta Bella was the first restaurant in the Pacific Northwest to receive the highly regarded VPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana) certificate from Italy.

The VPN has strict rules on the ingredients of pizza dough, the process of dough-making, including the dough characteristics, fermentation, and cooking temperature.

Any restaurant wanting to get VPN certified has to apply, and to be assessed and inspected by the association in addition to rigorous amount of pizza-making training.

Recently, Tutta Bella opened an outfit on the eastside, and my Dad likes pizza, we went to check it out!

When we got there, it was Happy Hour.

We got an extremely delicious bruschetta with plump cherry tomatoes.

They were garlicky, a little on the greasy side but tasty.

I was very hungry, started eating them and had completely forgotten about picture!

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